It’s been so long since I updated this blog. This is partly because I have started homeschooling Zayd early this year, and started a new blog for that. However, I found that I am also not as active in updating that blog *sigh.
But for the sake of continuity, I am still going to try to update here. And as I go along this journey, perhaps I should also think about maybe just continuing here. We’ll see.
Anyway, so at the start of this year I decided to homeschool Zayd. End of last year, after we moved to this new place, we went looking for kindys around this area. However, I found that there’s nothing that I felt suitable for us. I have also always been toying with the idea of homeschooling. In fact, we went for our first homeshooling meet up when Zayd was 6 months. I always knew somehow deep in my heart that perhaps homeschooling is the more natural choice for us.
But of course, homeschooling is not the most popular choice. Although growing in movement, many people still view homeschooling with skepticism. Also, while I think homeschooling is good, I don’t want to impose my belief on my child. I would want him to experience all schooling options and find out what is the best path for him.
Because he is 4, I felt this is the best year to start introducing him to homeschool. However, me and my husband is also looking for kindys for him to experience once he reached 5 years old.
After 3 months of homeschooling, I saw tremendous improvement in Zayd. When we first started, he could not even hold a scissors. And now, he is cutting left and right like a pro. He also has gained confidence in making arts and crafts, his imagination and creative-play is growing and deepening. His vocabulary has steadily increased.
I also found out that our bond becomes stronger by doing all these activities together. I get to know many sides of him that I would have not if we do not spend some time together everyday doing crafts, learning, or simply taking a walk down the lake. I am so grateful for this opportunity to bond with Zayd.
The only thing I am concerned is that he is still a bit shy and reserved in social situations. Which is what the most concern with homeschooling is. Because of this, we are trying to find a kindy that he can go half-a-day to play and socialise with other kids. We’ve found one that we like, so we might give it a try there once he turned 4. However, I must also remind myself that it is normal for kids to feel this way. In fact, I was really shy when I was a kid. I spent most of my time in kindy crying by the fence. So, I must relaxed my expectation and learn to see my child as who he is.
All in all, I am grateful for this opportunity to homeschool him alhamdulillah 🙂